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Bishkek Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Bishkek Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

It's quiet in the night time, personnel and security people were there all the time - no homeless or drug addicts. - kiterunner

Airport Overview

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To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Manas International Airport.

What to Expect

  • A small international airport with clean facilities, very limited shopping and a 24-hour self-service cafe.
  • A majority of flights to Europe leave very early in the morning, so the busiest time at this airport is at night.
  • Check-in lines can be long and slow during this time. There are only two departure gates, but getting to the right one can be confusing because when the airport is crowded, the lines for passport control get mixed up with those waiting to check in.
  • Possible language barrier. Arrive at the airport early enough to allow yourself time to figure out how to get to your gate!
  • Currency exchange rates are high at this airport, so try to change your money in town.
  • Power outlets for mobile charging are available.

Where to Sleep

  • There are plenty of armrest-free seats available in the main hall near the terminal entrance, but according to most reviewers, you may not get much sleep, as night time and very early morning are the busiest times at the airport. Otherwise, the airport is a safe and hassle-free place to sleep.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels approx. 45 minutes from the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to enter the airport’s first class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Bishkek Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.


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Bishkek Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

  • Business Lounge - Location: International Terminal, Airside. Hours: open 24 hours. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Day at the Door (2800 soms)
  • Manas Airport VIP Lounge - Location: Airside, 1st Floor. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€76,00 - International Flights or €26,75 - Domestic Flights).

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Manas Airport. If you have difficulty connecting, there is a cafe next to the main exit that offers free WiFi with purchase.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Manas International Airport does not appeal to you, it is best to head back towards Bishkek city center, as there are no hotels near the airport. Here are some hotel suggestions based on Tripadvisor reviews:

  • Southside Guest House - (45 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged directly with the hotel ($).
  • Onyx Hotel - (45 minutes from the airport) Free one-way airport transfer when booking for more than 3 days, otherwise contact the hotel and they will arrange service for $10.00USD each way.
  • Golden Dragon Hotel - (45 minutes from the airport) Free roundtrip airport transfers.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Bishkek Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Yes
  • Baby Care Facilities - Two rooms are available at the airport including sleeping places, change tables, microwaves, hot and cold water. Locations: 1st and 2nd floor of the airport. Hours: 24 hours (daily). Note, rooms are available for mothers and their children to a maximum age of 7.
  • Bank Services - An Aiyl bank offers traditional banking services including currency exchange. Location: 2nd Floor, East Wing. Hours: 24 hours (daily).
  • Currency Exchange - 3 providers offer services at four locations in the airport. Location: 1st and 2nd Floors. Hours: 24 hours (daily).
  • Duty Free and Shopping - The airport offers two duty free shopping outlets as well as a small selection of souvenir and convenience type shops. All shops operate 24 hours a day.
  • Food & Drinks - There are a total of eight cafes and restaurants available at the airport. All food and beverage concessions operate 24 hours a day.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Yes. Information not available
  • Luggage Wrapping - Services include wrapping, luggage protection insurance and sale of luggage accessories. Locations. Domestic Terminal, 1st Floor • International Terminal, 2 locations near the check-in counters. Hours: 24 hours (daily).
  • Medical Services - Free medical services are provided at the airport. Location: West Wing, 1st Floor, near domestic airlines. Hours: 24 hours (daily).
  • Pharmacy - There is a pharmacy available in the East Wing and West Wing. Hours: 24 hours (daily).
  • Post Office - Yes. According to a recent reviewer (2016), the hours are from 7:00AM - 5:00PM.
  • Prayer Rooms - Yes
  • Showers - Available in the Business Lounge.
  • Smoking - Smoking is permitted airside in the smoking lounge which is also equipped with a bar, shelves for hand luggage and TV’s. Hours: 24 hours (daily).

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Hotel Shuttles

There are several hotels that provide an airport shuttle or transfers either for free or with a charge. [ See Airport Hotels above ]

Taxi

Taxis are readily available in the ground transportation area of the airport, and will either charge a pre-negotiated rate or run the meter for you. Taxis can also be booked and prepaid in advance.

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Last Updated: 26 July 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us.

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